Monday, May 31, 2010

Inspiration: Memorial Day

MySpace Memorial Day Comments

What Heroes Gave
by Roger Robicheau

Each donned their uniform to be
Defenders of our liberty

Their mission sure, their spirits bright
Guard freedom’s home, be brave to fight

One final day each faced their call
Each gave their best enduring all

We’ll never know what they went through
But know they loved this country true

Deep down inside we should all feel
What heroes gave, their cost so real

We must stay thankful, grateful of
The gift of freedom through their love

Their loved ones bore the gravest pain
What we can’t know, some now sustain

To God I pray their pain will cease
And each will find long-lasting peace

Remember this from year to year
What heroes gave – shan’t disappear

We’ll never let their special day
Their time for honor slip away

These brave fought for a nation free
If not for them, where would we be?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Beach Getaway for Memorial Day Weekend

We are headed to the Beach for the Memorial Day weekend. It will definitely be nice to take a little break and relax a bit. :)

I will be online from time to time in the next few days and will post if I get the chance. In the meantime, if you are planning to do any shopping this weekend and are interested in seeing my picks from previous posts, you can view them by clicking on the following links. :)

*LOFT (This is a previous shopping event, so the special is no longer going on, but some of the picks are still available on the website for purchase)
*More J.Crew picks from previous promos here , here, and here

I hope you all have a beautiful and blessed Memorial Day weekend!


Steve Madden *Friends & Family* Event

Hey Everyone! I hope your having a wonderful day so far! As you know, Memorial Day weekend is here, well almost anyways, and many of the sales are already going on...YAY! Here's an offer from Steve Madden that you may be interested in. It's the Friends & Family event happening now through Monday, 5.31.10. The promotion offer is 25% off plus FREE SHIPPING on orders of $59.95+ with code FF25 at checkout.
A few picks...

Happy Shopping! :)


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before?

Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a great day! :) It's time for this week's edition of *You Look Very Familiar...Have I Seen You Some Place Before*? Let's get started.

J.Crew Denim Vest

Anthropologie Landmarks Jacket

and *Chaps Ruffled Tank

 *Check out the print in BLUE on the Escio Paisley Print Sweater

**A big THANK YOU to several of my FABULOUS FOLLOWERS for sharing the next *Familiar Finds* with us:

From Julie Styles:

From Cass:

From Desert Flower: 

The (soon to be released) J.Crew Raj Stripe Dress and the (now sold out online) Forever 21 Pastel Striped Dress:

From Workaholic:

THANK YOU again ladies!!! :) (Btw, if you have a *Familiar Find* you would like to share, please feel free to email it to me:

That's it for this week's edition...I hope you've enjoyed it! Have a beautiful and blessed day! :)


Monday, May 24, 2010

Inspiration: The Secret of Life

"He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life." --Ralph Waldo Emerson--

Have a beautiful and blessed day!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Shopping Part Three: J.Crew New Arrivals

This past Friday J.Crew added more New Arrivals to the website. I thought for this last part of *Sunday Shopping* it would be fun to visit J.Crew and look at some of the new pieces.

On the top of my personal wishlist it the Lemlem® Lucy Patio Dress that is shown on the front cover of the June catalog in the above pic.
I love this and think it would be perfect to wear here in warm weather climates (such as Florida) at the beach or on a casual day of running errands or hanging out at home. I do wonder if it is sheer and how long it would actually be on a non-model body. The XSmall was sold out the day it went online, but sizes Small, Medium, and Large are still available.

Seaside Madras Shirt. This one has been getting rave reviews from the JCAs that have purchased it.

*Madras Boyfriend Short...gotta love the fact that it has a 7.5 inch inseam. ;)

*Croquet-Stripe Caprese Tunic. I pre-ordered this one last weekend and received it on Thursday in both Ivory and Dusty Shale. First let me say that this one runs big. I know tunics are to be on the larger side, but this one is really large, and definitely looks best belted. The fabric is nice, the colors are pretty, and the price is really good, however...I am undecided on this one. I returned the Ivory one the next day, but kept the Dusty Shale and will decide for sure whether or not I'm keeping it once I style it a few different ways to see if it's going to work. For those of you who are expecting, this one does look really cute with the belt tied just under the bustline, so you could wear it during your pregnancy and then postpartum with the belt tied lower at your waist or hips. The tunic also comes in Solid colors if stripes aren't your thing. You can see the Ivory striped tunic here on Summerilla, as well as the Neon Madras Short.

Gingham Brigitte Short. These are SO cute! Oh how I wish the inseam was longer than 3 5/8 inches...I would definitely buy these if they were longer. If you are one of the lucky women that can wear them then consider yourself privileged. :)

*Stripe Sequin Boatneck Tee. I ordered this in Black and it also arrived on Thursday, however I sent it back on Friday with the Ivory tunic. I do not care for this one at all. The color is not as it appears online, with the *black* stripes actually being closer to dark charcoal, and I didn't like the fit, either. You can see it, as well as the Neon Rose color here on Summerilla.

*Sea Grass Fringed Tunic. I love this one...the print, sequins, fringe, and shape of it are all very pretty.

Haya Stripe, love, love. This one looks SO comfortable, and of course I love the stripes. :)

*Embroidered Siesta Dress. A cute, comfortable and easy summer dress, and it would be an adorable swimsuit cover-up, too.

*Lemlem® Nika the colors on this one.

My favorite swimsuits from the New Arrivals:

So what do you think of the New Arrivals at J.Crew? Do you see anything you like? Have you already placed an order? I'd love to hear your thoughts...

**Btw, if you missed out on my earlier *Sunday Shopping* posts, you can see them here: Part One and Part Two

Have a beautiful and blessed day!


Sunday Shopping Part Two: Tankini Swimsuits

Part Two of *Sunday Shopping* is for Kate, who asked in the *Swimsuits...Reviews and Tips* post, "Have you come across any cute tankinis? I just had a baby and need some belly coverage as well as my chest due to bfing. Most of the tankinis that I've been seeing are are a little too low cut." Well Kate, first off I want to say CONGRATULATIONS on your new baby! What a blessing...this is such a special time in your life, and I hope you enjoy every minute of it. :) I've done a little bit of searching and have some Tankini suggestions for you. :)

The first suits are from Athleta, a company specializing in Women's Activewear, including swimsuits for active lifestyles. ajc left a comment in the above referenced post about the brand: "Kate (and everybody), Athleta which is now a GAP company has some great tankini swimsuits. I have a few from last year and they are great. They have great coverage, great fabrics, cute prints and a lot of bra sized tops. And they are meant for swimming since it is a company catering to female Athletes. Highly recommend!"

Stained Glass Paisley Newport Tankini

*Mix Match Hibiscus Wrap Halter Tankini with the Low Tide™ Bottom or Oceanside Short.

Shirred Wrap Tankini here and here
with the Shirred Bottom here and here.

Next is Lands' End who has numerous Tankinis with very decent coverage and swim bottoms with good coverage to go with them. A few of them are the:

Lastly is Target, who also has numerous Tankinis available such as these:

I hope this will help you out Kate!

***If you missed Part One of *Sunday Shopping* you can see it here. Be sure to stop back by later for Part Three. :)


Sunday Shopping Part One: LOFT *Shopping Event* Has Been Extended

Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic weekend so far! This week's *Sunday Shopping* post is being divided into different parts, and for Part One I want to let you know that LOFT has extended the special *Shopping Event* they had yesterday. This means that TODAY you will receive 30% OFF your FULL-PRICE purchase online with code SAVE30 at checkout and orders of $125+ ship for FREE (gotta love that free shipping).
In honor of the special Shopping Event I gave some of my picks which you can see here.

Be sure to stop back by in a little bit for PART TWO of *Sunday Shopping*! :)